In Memory of Doris Thompson
Doris Thompson, 95 passed away in the early morning hours on June 28, 2020, in her home in Cumberland.
She was born on February 12, 1925, in Stillwater, MN to Anna and Lloyd Gaynor. Doris often recalled that her early years were rich and blessed with family – and while they may not have had a lot of money, they had everything they needed. She learned to sing with her family – self-taught at home, practicing how to harmonize, yodel, and hit the high notes with her clear, soft beautiful soprano voice. She would sing in choirs, quartets, and duets throughout her life – she loved to sing.
She married the love of her life – Doug Thompson in a charming storybook fieldstone church in Springbrook, WI on June 12th, 1947. Together they moved to Cumberland, WI, and put down roots that created a lasting Thompson legacy in our little town. Doug and Doris started their young married life by opening up the D&D Café – where she honed her cooking skills and began to make magic in the kitchen for crowds. This Café soon evolved into a couple of A&W Rootbeer Stands – and then, of course, the infamous Mr. Doug’s Family Restaurant. Doris may have been mostly behind the scenes, in the kitchen at all their adventures together – but it was her cooking that kept everyone coming back and made their businesses a success.
Doug and Doris had four children. Doris loved being a mother and cherished those years with her young family above all others. She worked outside the home and raised 4 children during a time when fathers didn’t know how to change a diaper or feed a baby. She worked hard and loved gently.
Doris was way ahead of her time – growing her own food in her large garden every year. She would save rainwater from the roof to water her garden – and canned everything she grew. She was the model customer for Shaklee – taking shark cartilage tablets for years, and she ran across few problems that a little Basic H couldn’t cure (bee stings, cuts, and stains on your clothes)! She was eating organic, and raw foods and sought out toxin-free products before it was even the popular thing to do.
Doris was small in size yet large in spirit. Life threw a few curve balls at her –yet she never complained, and never felt sorry for herself. She moved forward with quiet determination and hard work. She carved out a home wherever she lived, her door always open and her table always had an open seat.
She was kind, generous, humble, loving – she didn’t talk poorly about anyone….for real – and she was ours. She was the steel backbone of our family – a constant guiding light of positivity. Her faith was her foundation and it was solid! She greeted each morning by saying “Good Morning Lord” and thanking him for another day. She will be forever cherished and remembered by all of us.
She is survived by two daughters - Pam Mysicka, Carol (Ken) Rohl, two sons - Paul Thompson, Roger (Chris) Thompson, two sisters - Alice Johnson, Barb Gaynor, sister in law Gloria Gaynor, 12